Reeson’s Rambing :: April 15, 2018
I have seen images like the one below before and these Hidden Image Stereograms always seem to befuddle me. I am told that if you look at it long enough and in a certain way you can see a SHARK! For the longest time I was not able to see it but all of a sudden, the shark seemed to jump out at me.
In the Gospel today the two disciples recounted how they had come to see Jesus in the breaking of the bread. This weekend 146 of our young people will receive their First Holy Communion. Let us pray that our young people and each of us will always recognize Jesus in the Eucharist, the Sacred Scriptures and in all of the people we encounter each day of our lives.
The Eucharist is one of the most important truths revealed to us by Jesus Christ. The bread and wine we begin with at Mass is truly and totally changed into Jesus’ body, blood, soul, and divinity, although it still appears as just bread and wine to our human senses. Over time, many Eucharistic miracles have occurred around the world, and they are merely visible confirmations of what Jesus tells us about himself: that he really does give us his flesh and blood. Pope Francis himself even witnessed a Eucharistic miracle before he was pope, as indicated in the National Catholic Register:
On August 15, 1996, the feast of the Assumption of Mary, a woman approached Father Alejandro Pezet after Mass to report she had found a desecrated Host on a candleholder at the back of the church. The priest followed canon law for proper disposal, putting it in a glass of water to dissolve. Instead, the Host appeared to turn into a bloody piece of meat.
Cardinal Antonio Quarracino and our current Pope Francis, then-Auxiliary Bishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio, had it photographed on September 6, 1996. The photographs show a fragment of bloodied flesh that had become larger than a host. It was placed in a tabernacle; and after three years, with no signs of visible decay, Bishop Bergoglio opened an investigation that included scientific analysis.
So as not to be influenced in any way, no scientists were told where the sample came from. The results came back that it was human blood, AB-positive. Tissue samples were then sent to Dr. Frederick Zugibe, of Columbia University in New York, a renowned cardiologist and forensic pathologist. His results on March 26, 2005, identified the sample as human flesh and blood. Zugibe testified that it was “a fragment of the heart muscle found in the wall of the left ventricle close to the valves.” Because white blood cells had penetrated the tissue, he stated that “the heart had been under severe stress, as if the owner had been beaten severely about the chest.”
Among the witnesses to these tests was Mike Wilesee, a well-known Australian journalist. Wilesee asked the scientist how long white blood cells can remain alive from a piece of human tissue kept in water. Zugibe told them it would last a matter of minutes. When he learned it had been in water for more than three years, Zugibe was amazed and said that the cells from the sample were moving and beating as a heart would, so there was no way to scientifically explain his findings.
This is just one of many miracles – you can read more in the book, Eucharistic Miracles, by Joan Carroll Cruz. If you choose to use the Internet to read up on various miracles, just be sure you’re using reliable sources, because there’s a lot floating around out there!